Holiday Weight-Management Tips for Organic Families (Part 2)

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Yesterday, I posted the first batch of tips on holiday weight management from Netty Levine, a registered dietitian at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. We continue today with some additional suggestions from Levine. 

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Dessert Strategy. Allow your children one dessert per event, and discuss this with them in advance. If accompanying children to a party, supervise their choices by asking them what they really want out of what’s available and reinforcing that they cannot have everything. 

Do a Trade-Off With Exercise. Eating more during the holidays can be partially offset by a moderate and daily increase in physical exercise. Try 10- or 15-minute brisk walks twice a day with available family members. Plan active play dates instead of going to the movies, where kids tend to sit more and ask for junk foods. 

Veggies Rule! If you’re throwing a party, have lots of vegetables available instead of chips only. Prepare lower-fat dips and offer salsa. Explain to your guests in advance your resolve to make this a healthier holiday season, and ask them to keep this in mind when preparing any dish they may bring. 

Beverage Smarts. Limit high-calorie beverages like sodas, juices, smoothies and blended coffee drinks, or skip them altogether if indulging in a special dessert. There are nearly 150 calories in one 12-ounce can of soda or juice. Smoothies and coffee drinks are often 250–500 calories, excluding the whipped cream. 

Avoid Skipping Meals. Starving yourself before a party or get-together increases the odds you’ll overeat when the festivities begin. 

Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion of this article.

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